Col­bert on a roll

Late Show host set for Sun­day’s Em­mys ... and it seems like things will get po­lit­i­cal

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If this whole TV thing doesn’t work out for Stephen Col­bert, he has a bright fu­ture in car­pet sales.

The first-time Emmy Awards host helped roll out the show’s cer­e­mo­nial red car­pet this week at L.A. Live along­side tele­cast pro­duc­ers, say­ing that while it’s an hon­our to host the show, “it’s even more of an hon­our to be in­stalling the car­pet.”

“I’m glad there are cam­eras here be­cause so few peo­ple know just how much man­ual labour is in­volved with host­ing the Em­mys ev­ery year,” Col­bert said. “If you like this, stick around be­cause I’m go­ing to go re­grout the bath­rooms.”

No sooner had he and the pro­duc­ers fin­ished un­rolling it than a pair of work­ers swooped in to roll it back up and haul it away. (The real red car­pet used by celebri­ties Sun­day will be in­stalled sev­eral feet away, in front of the Mi­crosoft Theater.)

Col­bert, who has won mul­ti­ple Em­mys and is nom­i­nated again Sun­day for The Late Show, de­scribed the Emmy cer­e­mony as “an in­cred­i­bly fun show to go to ev­ery year when you win.

“If you lose, it’s an enor­mous waste of time,” he said.

“But ev­ery­one’s go­ing to win this year. I’ve talked with these guys and we want ev­ery­one to have fun, so ev­ery­one will win the Em­mys this year.

“Spoiler. Spoiler alert.” When asked how po­lit­i­cal the show could get, Col­bert said the Em­mys are about cel­e­brat­ing TV, “and the big­gest tele­vi­sion star of the last year was Don­ald Trump.”

“The fact that he’s not nom­i­nated, it’s a crime,” Col­bert said. “It’s a high crime and a mis­de­meanour that you are not nom­i­nated, sir. Where’s the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of that? Where was James Comey on that?”

And does the host ex­pect the U.S. pres­i­dent (and pre­vi­ous Emmy nom­i­nee) to tune into Sun­day’s show?

“He might care about who wins the re­al­ity-show cat­e­gory,” Col­bert said. “Amaz­ing Race is nom­i­nated, and that’s who he lost to ev­ery year for The Ap­pren­tice. “So he might want to see them go down. He might still have hard feel­ings. He seems like a guy who holds a grudge.”


Stephen Col­bert says the Em­mys are a lot of fun — es­pe­cially if you win an award.


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